Lady ‘Cats lacking leadership
When the Basehor-Linwoood High School softball team hosted Lansing last week for a Kaw Valley League doubleheader, BLHS coach Susan Mayberry saw something she's gotten used to this season.
Her team came out unprepared and uninspired and lost the first game of the doubleheader. The opener is the one that counts toward the league standings, but losing this opener hurt in a much bigger way than that.
"The bottom line is we have to show up to the ballpark mentally focused and ready to play," Mayberry said. "So far we've just shown up and let things fall where they may. We need to change that attitude and we need to come to the park with a fire and a hunger."
Two of the Bobcats' three wins this season have come during the second half of a doubleheader and the other came in the opener of a non-league contest.
In an effort to change her team's attitude, Mayberry has tried several things recently. She has shaken up the lineup and she has rearranged the batting order. But of all the things she has tried, she's hoping the latest move will work the best. Last week, Mayberry met with the team's seniors and asked them to step up their game.
"I'm expecting a lot out of them and it's time to take a stand and get things headed on the right track," Mayberry said. "There aren't going to be any excuses. We're almost halfway through the season and players have been given plenty of opportunities. So we're at a point where we might have to start giving some other players some opportunities as well.
"I hope the team expects to go above and beyond what we prepare to do every time out. I'm still convinced that we can play better than we have in the last two doubleheaders."
After falling to Lansing in the opener, 7-0, the Lady 'Cats came back inspired in the nightcap and won 9-4. Mayberry said she's hoping the second game proved something to her team and the game becomes a "turning point" for the season.
"That's proof that we're capable of putting the ball in play, stringing together some hits and scoring some runs," Mayberry said. "It certainly makes it more fun to play when you're scoring and winning and I think our team was excited about that."